Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
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9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

9th child dies from adenovirus outbreak at New Jersey facility

The state Department of Health Communicable Disease Service has been on site monitoring the outbreak.

United States health officials have confirmed another case of a virus that has left eight children dead at a paediatric rehabilitation centre.

The children affected were previously described in a health department statement as "medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems".

People associated with the outbreak became sick between September 26 and October 22, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Teams will also be sent to the Voorhees Pediatric Facility in the state, and the Children's Specialised Hospital with locations in Toms River and Mountainside.

Seven other children have died and 16 others who have survived all contracted adenovirus while being treated at the Wanaque Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Haskell, according to the Department of Health.

Adenovirus has not been confirmed in another person who died Friday afternoon, officials said.

The highly contagious adenovirus poses little to risk to healthy people.

Health officials found minor hand-washing deficiencies at the facility during visits last week, and have been working with the center on infection-control issues, the health department said. "Often people become ill for many reasons, especially these medically fragile children who had respiratory problems as part of their underlying medical conditions", he said.

"Facility outbreaks are not always preventable, but in response to what we have seen in Wanaque, we are taking aggressive steps to minimize the chance they occur among the most vulnerable patients in New Jersey", Elnahal said in a statement.

A health department spokesman said: "The strain of adenovirus seen in this outbreak is associated with communal living arrangements and known to cause severe illness".

The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

A premature baby amid died bacterial infections at the Newark hospital this month.

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